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Your Smartphone Just Diagnosed You with Postpartum Depression

Depending on your perspective, Twitter can either be a valuable source of breaking news, or a fire hose of miscellaneous, often dubious information. Microsoft researchers are investigating whether the microblogging service could serve another, more scientific function—to spot signs of postpartum depression in new mothers based on changes in how and what they tweet.The research is in its early stages and in some ways relies heavily on data that’s easy to misinterpret...

May 3, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
The Sciences

Cyber Attack Takes Down Computers in South Korea, Motives and Culprit Unclear

The cyber attacks against several South Korean television stations, banks and insurance firms on Wednesday may not have been crippling or widespread, but their timing further fuels concerns over who is launching such attacks, what constitutes “cyber warfare” and how should countries react to such online aggression.The malicious software—or malware—used in the attack interferes with antivirus and other security software and can wipe the contents of a computer’s hard disk as well as drives attached to or mapped to the infected computer, according to a blog post by Symantec, a cyber security researcher and software vendor...

March 20, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
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